Prodigal Sons 2010

Prodigal Sons

Critics Consensus

Fascinating and heartbreakingly honest, Kimberly Reed's family documentary uses its stranger-than-fiction story to speak near-universal truths about family bonds and human identity.

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When filmmaker Kimberly Reed left her small Montana hometown, she was a man. Returning years later for her high school reunion, Reed is a transgendered woman. She seeks to reconnect with her estranged adopted brother, Marc McKerrow, who was permanently disabled in a car crash, and might be related to Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Exploring identities, rivalries and family, Reed embarks on a personal journey that begins with her hometown and leads all the way to Croatia.

Cast & Crew

Nick Fraser
Executive Producer
Robert Hawk
Executive Producer
Lynne Kirby
Executive Producer
Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer
Catherine Olson
Executive Producer
Diane Rotteau
Executive Producer
Gail Silva
Executive Producer
T. Griffin
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John Keitel
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Critic Reviews for Prodigal Sons

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for Prodigal Sons

  • May 24, 2011
    "Prodigal Sons" is an emotional and personal documentary that despite its insight is actually a little hard to watch at times. In it, Kimberly Reed, a magazine editor living in New York City, is returning to Helena, Montana for her 20th high school reunion to see many of her old classmates for the first time since she transitioned from a man to a woman. For the most part, they are accepting, although there is a little confusion around the whole girlfriend thing. The same cannot be said for her adopted brother Marc who she has not talked to in about ten years. The origins of this can be traced back to when Kim(then called Paul) was the center of attention and starting quarterback of the high school football team. Through a strange twist of fate, Marc finally gets the limelight. Sadly, this does not help with the healing of this long simmering family conflict, which is exacerbated by brain injuries and the resultant trauma Marc suffered in a car accident. Like Kim says with sad irony, there is psychological phrase for who she is but none for Marc's condition.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2011
    It's pretty much everything it purports to be - the transexual transition, the Orson Welles connection, the sibling rivalry - no more, no less.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    This documentary anticipated recording the reaction of Helena Montana to the return of the star high school quarterback - who is now a woman. Instead we have a very private glimpse into the relationship between that woman and her brain injured adopted brother. The brother discovers that he has very famous grandparents but that grand revelation cannot end his spiral downwards.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    former captain of the football team returns to montana for his high school reunion. as a woman. that's not even the most surprising part of this searingly honest look at a most unusual family and how u really can't go home again... or perhaps u just can't ever leave there. kinda shocked no one has seen this yet so i don't wanna say too much. streaming on netflix.
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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